By Abdul Rahman Musa Suagibu ( New Africa Business News, West Africa Correspondent )
Freetown, Sierra Leone- As the management of Sierra Leone Ports Authority signed an Agreement with the Ministry of Labor and International Relations to pay all inherited outstanding workers benefits.
The newest management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority has on Tuesday 26th March, 2019 signed an agreement with the Ministry of Labor and Industrial Relations and other key stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Labor Congress, the National Commission for Privatization, the Sierra Leone Ports Authority Senior Staff Association and the Sierra Leone Dock Workers Union to settle the stone age outstanding payments due the former and current S.L.P.A employees inherited from the past government of erstwhile President Ernest Bai Koroma.
The outstanding payments has been a historic matter spanning from 2011 when the past administration redundant workers without following the due process of redundancy. The Chairman of Sierra Leone Ports Authority Board of Directors- Honourable Manso Dumbuya told all parties present in the signing of the agreement that, ” as a responsible management under the new direction, we thought it unfair to forge ahead without addressing this long outstanding issue”
The General Manager of Sierra Leone Ports Authority Dr. Abdulai Fofana said the new management since their assumption in office six months ago, pledged to settle all outstanding payments inherited from the past management that due the former and current staff of the authority. And the management being a consultative management that has value for its staff, have engaged with all and sundry to look at the pros and cons of the issue and realized that; there were procedural errors for which they have corrected at once for all.
The Minister of Labor and Industrial Relations- Mr. Adekule King said, the signing of the agreement was to demonstrate the capabilities of not only his ministry, but for other stakeholders including the Ports Authority Management, the National Commission for Privatization, the Sierra Leone Labor Congress and the unions involved. He called on all workers to support the New Direction of His Excellency Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio. The new management has restored staff confidence as one that is poised to better the life’s and the livelihood of its workers, and the general staff in return is determined to provide the necessary supports needed by the management.
The President of the Sierra Leone Ports Senior Staff Association- Idrissa Mago Tarawallie assued.
For New Africa Business News, Abdul Rahman Musa Suagibu Bangura Reports.